Donald Trump would be "honoured" to meet Kim Jong

Ken Copeland
May 3, 2017

President Donald Trump said after North Korea's latest failed rocket launch that communist leader Kim Jong-Un will eventually develop better missiles, and "we can't allow it to happen".

McMaster made the remark during an interview with "Fox News Sunday", rejecting reports that he contradicted President Donald Trump and promised the us will pay for THAAD when he spoke by phone with his South Korean counterpart Kim Kwan-jin.

The South Korean defence ministry confirmed Sunday that a joint naval drill with a U.S. strike group, led by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, was still ongoing in the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

But White House spokesman Sean Spicer says he doesn't see that happening anytime soon. "But that doesn't mean we can not do things to constrain them like we did with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and Iran now".

"We wouldn't want to see nuclear tests and missile launches during that period", added DeTrani, who called Trump's comments "encouraging".

The system has also generated controversy in South Korea.

One individual who clearly agrees that North Korea represents a real threat is Joseph Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, which supports initiatives to prevent the spread and use of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

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Trump's administration has delivered a drumbeat of warnings about the dangers of North Korea this week, using presidential statements, an unusual White House briefing for the Senate, and a White House lunch for United Nations ambassadors to underscore that Pyongyang is a priority.

Also on Saturday, Reuters reported that North Korea again test-fired a ballistic missile, several hours after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to "catastrophic consequences". "First of all, I believe he will not be like Ms. Park, taking money from the companies", says Choi Jihye, 23, a student.

Trump's comments in an interview on Thursday that he wanted Seoul to pay for the THAAD deployment perplexed South Koreans and raised questions about his commitment to the two countries' alliance. The favourite to win South Korea's presidential election on May 9, has called for deployment to be delayed until after the next administration is in place and can review the decision.

The deployment has drawn protests from China, which says the powerful radar that can penetrate its territory will undermine regional security, and from local residents anxious they will be a target for North Korean missiles. China has repeatedly pushed back at the idea that it alone holds the solution to curbing the North's nuclear ambitions, and warned that any use of U.S. force would only lead to "bigger disasters".

His comments Monday could now lead to exploratory discussions for direct leader talks between Washington and Pyongyang, former USA special envoy for negotiations, Joseph DeTrani, told VOA.

As Pyongyang threatens to carry out a sixth nuclear test that would further enflame tensions on the Korean peninsula, Trump appeared to offer the prospect of a diplomatic off-ramp.

"Obviously, he's a pretty smart cookie", the president said in an interview with CBS News' John Dickerson on "Face the Nation".

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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